14th Street Gets $10.5 Million for Protected Bike Lanes

In response to a chorus of complaints about having to constantly dodge cars, Oakland applied for and has received a generous $10.5 million state grant to add protected bike lanes to 14th Street, from Oak Street to 980, right through downtown. The project will complete a treacherous gap in Oakland’s bikeway network, connecting both West Oakland and East Lake neighborhood to City Hall, BART and many popular destinations.

The proposed bike lane design is like Option 2 shown here, which we developed and convinced Oakland to include in Plan Downtown Oakland in early 2016. The street redesign includes curbside bike lanes, a vehice lane in each direction with signal improvements for traffic flow, on-street parking, turn pockets where needed most, and bus boarding islands. While we expect feasibility work to begin in 2019 or sooner, with project completion in 2021, we will push OakDOT (Oakland Department of Transportation) to allow voter-approved Measure KK and Measure BB funds to build the project sooner. Until then, your volunteer help will be needed to build support for a great bikeway on 14th Street.

What you can do:

  1. Support the bike-supportive businesses along 14th St, and remember to thank them for their support of bike lanes on 14th Street.
  2. Take a quick survey about your riding experience on 14th St and tell us what improvements you want
  3. Check out our 14th Street Bikeway Design Proposal

What kind of bikeways do you want on 14th St?

Here are some innovative new bikeway tools that Oakland can consider, that other American cities are already using.

  • 4-2 lane reduction with bike lanes
  • buffered bike lanes with a painted buffer space between you and traffic
  • protected bike lanes with physical barrier between you and traffic
  • 2-way cycle track, as shown above (Read our blog on 1-way vs 2-way protected bike lanes)
  • queue boxes for left turning movements
  • green paint in conflict zones and to highlight start of bike lanes at each block
  • on-street bike parking corrals
  • parklets
  • other awesome ideas? bring them on a ride with us For more information on these innovative ideas, go to NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide

For more information on these innovative ideas, go to NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide

  • Background: The Lake Merritt Boulevard bikeway is almost fully complete, connecting the bike lanes on Lakeshore Blvd around the lake to the intersection of Oak St & 14th St. There the bike lanes stop. And that’s where our campaign starts. There will be a celebration in Spring 2013 for the completion of the new Lake Merritt Blvd and surrounding greenery, which creates a great opportunity for us. At the other end, Oakland striped bike lanes in 2012 on 14th St in West Oakland, up to Brush St (I-990). Again, the bike lanes stop there. We need to complete this super-important gap in the Oakland bikeway network and connect West Oakland to Downtown, and connect East Lake to Downtown.